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Awards and Recognitions

Maria Ressa receives UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize

  • Investigative journalist and media executive Maria Ressa of the Philippines has been named as the 2021 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, following the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals.

Japan to confer Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays decoration to Bengaluru teacher

  • Bengaluru teacher Shyamala Ganesh, the former director of the Japanese Language School, will be conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.

IREDA conferred with Green Urja Award

  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA)has been conferred with the “Green Urja Award” for being the Leading Public Institution in the Financing Institution for Renewable Energy this year by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • IREDA gets the award for the pivotal and developmental role it plays in Green Energy Financing.
  • IREDA Headquarter is located in New Delhi.

Dr Tahera Qutbuddin 1st Indian To Win Arab World Nobel Prize

  • Mumbai born, Dr Tahera Qutbuddin,a professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago, recently became the first person of Indian-origin to win the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award. 
  • The award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of the Arab world.
  • She won the award for her latest book, “Arabic Oration – Art and Function.”

Anupam Kher wins best actor award at New York City International Film Festival

  • Anupam Kherwon the Best Actor award for his performance in the short film Happy Birthday at the New York City International Film Festival.
  • The film also won the Best Short Film award at the festival.

Naomi Osaka wins top title at 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards

  • World number two tennis player Naomi Osaka of Japan has been named “Sportswoman of the Year” at the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards.
  • In the men’s category, World number two Rafael Nadal of Spain won the 2021 “Laureus Sportsman of the Year” title.
    • This is the second title for Nadal, who also claimed the prestigious award in 2011.

Gita Mittal to be awarded Arline Pacht Global Vision Award

  • Former Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal,has been declared as one of the two recipients of the Arline Pacht Global Vision Award for 2021. 
  • At present, Justice Mittal is the Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC)
  • She shares the honour with Margarita Luna Ramos from Mexico.

Singer Pink bags Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

  • Singer Pink will be honoured with the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).
  • The award aims to recognize artists who have achieved success on the Billboard charts and left an indelible impact on music.

Suresh Mukund becomes first Indian to win annual ‘World Choreography Award 2020.

  • The Emmy Award-nominated Indian choreographer Suresh Mukund,has won the 10th Annual ‘World Choreography Award 2020’, (also known as Choreo Awards), becoming the first Indian to win the prestigious honour.
  • He won the award in the ‘TV REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION’category, for his work on the hit American TV reality show ‘World of Dance’.

Andrea Meza crowned 69th Miss Universe 2020

  • Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has been crowned as the 69th Miss Universe 2020.
  • On the other hand, Miss India’s Adeline Quadros Castelinomade it to the Top 4.

DNA sequencing pioneers from Cambridge win 1 million euro tech Nobel prize

  • Two British chemists who developed a super-fast DNA sequencing technique that paved the way for revolutionary healthcare advances were awarded Finland’s version of the Nobel science prizes.
  • Cambridge University professors Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman took home the 1 million euro ($1.22 million) Millennium Technology Prize for their work over 27 years creating ever faster and cheaper ways to sequence the human genome.

Kobe Bryant Inducted Posthumously Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

  • Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant has been posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Los Angeles Lakers great Bryant retired in 2016;he was the NBA Most Valuable Player in  The five-time NBA champion died, aged 41, in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank receives ‘International Invincible Gold Medal’

  • International Invincible Gold Medal of this year has been conferred on Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
  • He has been recognised for his extraordinary commitment and outstanding service to humanity through his writings, social and illustrious public life.

NBA creates social justice award, named for Abdul-Jabbar

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA)has announced the creation of a new award — the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, to recognise players who are making strides in the fight for social justice.
  • Abdul-Jabbar won three consecutive NCAA championships (1967 to 1969) while at UCLA.

Nagaland conservationist Nuklu Phom gets prestigious Whitley Awards 2021

  • An environmentalist from Nagaland’s remote Longleng district, Nuku Phomhas won this year’s Whitley Awards 2021, also known as the Green Oscar.

Shakuntala Hark Singh of Indian origin receives World Food Award 2021

  • Indian-origin global nutritionist, Dr Shakuntala Hark Singh Thilstadhas received the “World Food Award” of the year 2021.
  • She developed a holistic and nutritionally sensitive approach to seafood and food systems and has received an award for his research. The award is also known as the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen conferred with Spain’s top award

  • Indian economist and Nobel Laureate, Amartya Kumar Sen has been conferred with the ‘2021 Princess of Asturias Award’ by Spain in the social sciences category.
  • The 87-year-old Sen was selected from 41 candidates of 20 nationalities for “His research on famines and his theory of human development, welfare economics and the underlying mechanisms of poverty have contributed to the fight against injustice, inequality, disease and ignorance”.

3 Indian peacekeepers to be honoured with UN’s prestigious medal

  • Corporal Yuvraj Singh,civilian peacekeeper Ivan Michael Picardo, and Moolchand Yadav are among those to be honoured with the UN’s prestigious medal.
  • India is the fifth-largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping with more than 5,500 military and police serving in peace operations in Abyei, Cyprus, Congo, Lebanon, the Middle East, Somalia, South Sudan and Western Sahara, according to the UN.

Veteran Indian Chemist C.N.R. Rao Receives 2020 International ENI Award

  • Noted Indian scientist and Bharat Ratna Professor, N.R. Rao has been felicitated with the International Eni Award 2020 (also called the Energy Frontier award).
  • The International Eni Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize in Energy Research.

Dr Nageshwar Reddy becomes first Indian to win Rudolf V Schindler award

  • Padma Bhushan awardee and noted gastroenterologist Dr D Nageshwar Reddy has won the Rudolf V Schindler Award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
  • Rudolf V Schindler Award is the highest category in the prestigious Crystal Awards named after Dr Schindlerwho is considered as “the father of gastroscopy.”

IAS VK Pandian to receive FIH President’s Award

  • V Karthikeyan Pandian, an IAS officer, and private secretary to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was conferred with President’s award by International Hockey Federation through the 47th FIH Congress.
  • He was awarded for his contribution in direction of the event and promotion of hockey in Odisha.

Hockey India wins Etienne Glichitch Award

  • Hockey India has won the prestigious Etienne Glichitch Award in recognition of its contribution to the growth and development of the sport in the country.
  • Other Awards presented as a part of the 47th FIH Congress:
    • Pablo Negre Award: Uzbekistan Hockey Federation
    • Theo Ikema Award: Polish Hockey Association
    • HRH Sultan Azlan Shah Award: Sharon Williamson of New Zealand
    • Guust Lathouwers Memorial Trophy: Ivona Makar

Naturalist Jane Goodall wins 2021 Templeton prize for life’s work

  • The naturalistJane Goodall has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Templeton Prize in recognition of her life’s work on animal intelligence and humanity.
  • Goodall built her global reputation on her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s.

Aashritha V Olety is India’s first woman flight test engineer

  • Squadron Leader, Aashritha V Olety from Karnataka is the first and only woman in the IAF qualified for the role, and as a flight test engineer, she will be responsible for evaluating aircraft and airborne systems before their induction into the armed forces.

Latest Appointments

Mamata Banerjee takes oath as West Bengal CM for the 3rd consecutive time

  • Mamata Banerjee is serving as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011, the first woman to hold the office.
  • Mamata Banerjee was sworn as West Bengal Chief Minister for the third time in the shadow of Covid and post-poll violence in parts of the state. The oath ceremony took place with Covid protocols in place at the “Throne Room” at the Raj Bhavan.
  • The rest of the cabinet and the council of ministers will be sworn in on May 9, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Mamata Banerjee won a landslide victory in the Bengal election to secure a third straight term. The Trinamool won 213 of 292 seats while its strongest rival, BJP, finished second with 77 seats.

MK Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

  • Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed DMK president M.K. Stalin as the Chief Minister and invited him to form the government in the State on May 7.
  • The DMK has won 133 of the total 234 Assembly seats that went to polls on April 6. Some more seats were won by allies, including the Congress that bagged 18 constituencies.

PV Sindhu, Michelle Li Named Athlete Ambassadors for IOC’s ‘Believe in Sports’ Campaign

  • World champion and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and world no 11 Canada’s Michelle Li have been nominated as athlete ambassadors for International Olympic Committee’s ‘Believe in Sports’ campaign, the Badminton World Federation said.

Indian-origin expert Sankar Ghosh elected to National Academy of Sciences

  • Sankar Ghosh,an award-winning Indian-origin immunologist, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • The National Academy of Sciences is a private, non-profit institution that was established under a Congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

Ujjwala Singhania takes over as 38th National President FICCI FLO

  • Ujjwala Singhania has been appointed as the National President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the oldest women-led & women-centric business chamber of Southeast Asia.
  • FLO was established in 1983 as a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

RM Sundaram appointed as Director of Indian Institute of Rice Research

  • Raman Meenakshi Sundaram has been appointed as Director of the Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR), an arm of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
  • Indian Institute of Rice Research Headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana.

Justice Pant appointed NHRC acting chairperson

  • The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)member Justice (retired) Prafulla Chandra Pant had been appointed as the acting chairperson of the Commission with effect from April 25.
  • National Human Rights Commission Formed: 12 October 1993; Headquarters: New Delhi.

Amitabh Chaudhary Re-appointed as MD & CEO of Axis Bank

  • Amitabh Chaudhary has been re-appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of the private sector lender Axis Bank for three more years by the bank board.
  • Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1993.

Padmakumar Nair Appointed As CEO Of National Asset Reconstruction Company

  • Padmakumar M Nair has been appointed as the CEO of the proposed National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd.
  • About the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd
    • National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. is a proposed bad bank for taking over stressed assets of lenders and was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the budget for 2021-22 to consolidate and take over existing stressed assets of lenders and undertake their resolution.
    • Bad bank refers to a financial institution that takes over the bad assets of lenders and undertakes resolution.

RBI appoints Jose J Kattoor as Executive Director

  • The Reserve Bank of India has appointed Jose J Kattoor as Executive Director (ED).
  • He will look after Human Resource Management Department, Corporate Strategy and Budget Department and Rajbhasha Department.

Satoshi Uchida appointed as Suzuki Motorcycle India’s new Company Head

  • Suzuki Motorcycle India has appointed Satoshi Uchida as the new Company Head. He has replaced Koichiro Hirao as part of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s global revamp.

Indian-American Neera Tanden appointed as White House senior adviser

  • Indian-American Neera Tanden has been appointed senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden. She is currently the president and CEO of a progressive think-tank, Center for American Progress (CAP).

Ramesh Powar appointed Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket team

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)has announced the appointment of Ramesh Powar as the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Women).

Footwear Brand Bata India appoints Gunjan Shah as new CEO

  • Footwear Company Bata India has appointed Gunjan Shah as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • Shah replaces Sandeep Kataria,who has been elevated as the Global CEO of Bata Brands in November 2020.

Louvre gets its first female leader in 228 years

  • Historian Laurence des Carsbecomes the first female president of Musée du Louvre, the world’s largest museum in Paris, France in 228 years.
  • The Mona Lisa painting is one of the most emblematic portraits in the history of art, is located at the Louvre Museum, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century.

One-year extension for RAW chief Samant Goel, IB head Arvind Kumar

  • Research and Analysis Wing chief, Samant Kumar Goeland Intelligence Bureau head Arvind Kumar were given a one-year extension in their services.
  • Samant Goel, a 1984-batch IPS officer from Punjab cadre, would continue to be the Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for a period one year beyond the presence tenure which ends on June 30.
  • Similarly, Arvind Kumar, an IPS officer of Assam and Meghalaya cadre, will continue to head the Intelligence Bureau for a period of one year after June 30.

B.V.R. Subrahmanyam to be Commerce Secretary

  • The appointments committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary Jammu & Kashmir as an officer on special duty in the Department of Commerce. 

Jagjit Pavadia elected as president of Vienna based INCB

  • Jagjit Pavadia,the former Narcotics Commissioner of India and a retired officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs), has been elected president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
  • She is the first Indian to be heading the Vienna-based organization and the second woman to hold this office.

Andy Jassy will become Amazon’s CEO on July 5th

  • Amazon announced that Jassy, who is the current CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), would replace JeffBezos as CEO of the entire company.

IPS Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed new CBI director

  • IPS officer, Subodh Jaiswal has been appointed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Rajesh Bansal appointed as CEO of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub

  • The Board of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH)has appointed Rajesh Bansal as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the RBIH.
  • The Reserve Bank Innovation Hub would develop internal infrastructure to promote fintech research and facilitate engagement with innovators and start-ups.

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected to BWF Council

  • The Badminton Association of India (BAI)President Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected as a Member of the Badminton World Federation for the period 2021-25.
  • He is also the Vice President of Badminton Asia and the Chief Minister of Assam.

Narinder Batra re-elected as FIH President

  • Narinder Batra has been re-elected as the President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

National Current Affairs of May 2021

Madhya Pradesh: Rs, 379 crore transferred into accounts of 16,844 beneficiaries under Sambal scheme

  • In Madhya Pradesh, 379 crore rupees have been transferred into the accounts of 16 thousand 844 beneficiaries under the Mukhyamantri Jan-Kalyan Sambal scheme.
  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said state government accords high priority to benefit the poor families of unorganised sector workers.

Himachal Pradesh is Building ‘Forest Ponds’ to Harvest Rainwater to Replenish Groundwater

  • Forest ponds are being constructed in Himachal Pradesh to check the depletion of groundwater and to harvest rainwater.
  • Under the Parvat Dhara scheme, the government has initiated rejuvenation of water sources and recharging aquifers through the forest department with an outlay of Rs 20 crore.

BRO’s Project DANTAK completes 60 years in Bhutan

  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said that one of its oldest project — DANTAK commemorated its Diamond Jubilee in Bhutan.
  • Project DANTAK was established on April 24, 1961 as a result of the visionary leadership of His Majesty the Third King and then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. Identifying the utmost importance of connectivity in spurring the socio-economic development and growth of Bhutan, DANTAK was tasked to construct the pioneering motorable roads in the Kingdom.

India’s first 3D printed house by IIT Madras startup

  • Tvasta, a startup by alumni of IIT Madras, constructed India’s first 3D printed house. The house was inaugurated by Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman.

DRDO’s anti-Covid drug 2-DG receives DCGI approval for emergency use

  • An anti-COVID-19 therapeutic drug developed by DRDOcalled drug2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been given emergency approval by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for Coronavirus patients in the country.
  • The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has developed the drug, in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad.
  • Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy; Headquarters: New Delhi; Established: 1958.

ISRO develops 3 cost-effective ventilators, oxygen concentrator

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), has developed three different types of ventilators and an oxygen concentrator at a time when a shortage of this critical medical equipment resulted in the deaths of many Covid-19 patients across the country.
  • Based on designs, features and specifications, we have named them, Prana, VaU and Svasta.
  • All three are user-friendly, fully automated and with touch-screen specifications, meeting all safety standards.

Indian and Indonesian navies conduct exercise in Arabian sea

  • The Indian and Indonesian Naviesconducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the southern Arabian Sea with a focus on further improving their interoperability.
  • PASSEXes are regularly conducted by IN with units of Friendly Foreign Countries.
  • Indonesia Capital: Jakarta; Currency: Indonesian Rupiah.
  • Indian Chief of Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy): New Delhi.

PM Modi Launches Extension of ‘SVAMITVA scheme’ Across India

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the distribution of e-property cards under the SVAMITVA scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2021, through video conferencing.
  • SVAMITVA stands for Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas.
  • The Svamitva Scheme was launched by Prime Minister on 24 April 2020 as a Central Sector Scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.
  • The Scheme will ensure the demarcation of inhabited land in rural areas.
  • It will use drones in surveying and mapping of properties in villages.
  • This will help in reducing disputes over property.

Six Heritage Sites added to India’s UNESCO World Heritage sites Tentative List

  • The Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel recently announced that around six cultural heritage sites have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • With this, the total number of sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tentative list has increased to 48.
  • The following six places have successfully entered the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
    • Ganga Ghats of Varanasi,
    • Temples of Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu,
    • Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh,
    • Maharashtra Military Architecture
    • Hire Benkal Megalithic site,
    • Bhedaghat Lametaghat of Narmada Valley in Madhya Pradesh

India’s First Agriculture Export Facilitation Centre Launched in Pune

  • The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (MCCIA)has launched India’s first agro-export facilitation centre in Pune, in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

India loses ONGC-discovered Farzad-B gas field in Iran

  • India lost the ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf after Iran awarded a contract for developing the giant gas field to a local company.

PM Kisan Samman Nidhi: Eighth Instalment released

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently released the eighth installment of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi.
  • The Government of India transfers Rs 6,000to the account of small and marginal farmers. These funds are transferred in three installments.
  • The first installment of Rs 2,000is made between April and June.
  • The second Instalment is made between August and November. The third installment is made between December and March.
  • The scheme was begun in 2018. The scheme provides financial support to farmers who hold land ownership up to two hectares.

Cheetah to be re-introduced in India from Africa in November

  • Cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal which was declared extinct in India in 1952, is expected to be re-introduced into the country in November this year at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Kuno, positioned within the Chambal area, unfolds over a space of over 750 sq km and has a conducive atmosphere for the cheetah.

PM Modi approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in the Maldives

  • Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, the Maldives in 2021.
  • India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity. Maldives occupies an important place in the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and the ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision of the Government of India.

DRDO develops Covid-19 antibody detection kit ‘DIPCOVAN’

  • The DIPCOVAN kit can detect both spikes as well as nucleocapsid proteins of Coronavirus with a high sensitivity of 97%. It has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Cabinet approves Opening of a new Consulate General of India in Maldives

  • Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, the Maldives in 2021.
  • India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity. Maldives occupies an important place in the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and the ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision of the Government of India.

Ayush Ministry Organises Series Of 5 Webinars On “Be With Yoga, Be At Home”

  • The Ministry of Ayush is organising various activities in the run-up to the International Day of Yoga, 2021.
  • One among these is a series of five webinars that the Ministry is organising under the broad theme of“Be with Yoga, Be at Home” in collaboration with five renowned organisations of the country who will present one webinar each on a particular topic.
  • Some renowned Organisations are:- The Art of Living, The Yoga Institute, ArhamDhyanYog, etc.

Rajnath Singh launches SeHAT OPD portal

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has launched the ‘Services e-Health Assistance & Tele-consultation (SeHAT) OPD portal, through video conferencing. The main motive of the portal is to provide telemedicine services to the serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families.
  • The portal can be accessed at https://sehatopd.in/, to avail the telemedicine services

IBF to be renamed as Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation

  • The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF),the apex body of broadcasters, is being renamed as Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation (IBDF), as it expands its purview to cover digital platforms to bring all digital (OTT) players under one roof.

IIT Ropar develops unique detector ‘FakeBuster’

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roparand Monash University, Australia have developed a detector named ‘FakeBuster’ to identify imposters attending a virtual conference without anybody’s knowledge.

TRIFED and NITI AAYOG to partner to implement the Van Dhan Yojana

  • TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India),Ministry of Tribal Affairs is set to partner with NITI Aayog for implementation of Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK) initiative under Van Dhan Yojna in 14 Indian states.
    • Van Dhan tribal start-ups or VDVK is a programme for value addition, branding & marketing of Minor Forest Produces by establishing Van Dhan Kendras to facilitate the creation of sustainable livelihoods for the forest-based tribes.
    • It was launched on 14th April

Indian State Current Affairs of May 2021

Himanta Biswa Sarma chosen Assam’s new chief minister

  • Himanta Biswa Sarma has been named as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam on May 08, 2021. He will replace incumbent Sarbananda Sonowal.
  • The BJP party won a second straight term in the 2021 assembly polls in the state. Mr Sarma joined the BJP six years ago in 2015, after quitting the Congress.
  • Assam Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.

N Rangasamy Sworn in as Chief Minister of Puducherry

  • The All India NR Congress (AINRC)founder leader N Rangasamy has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry, for a record fourth time.
  • N Rangasamy was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Lieutenant governor (additional charge) Tamilisai Soundararajan.

West Bengal government approved setting up of Legislative Council

  • The West Bengal cabinet,chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has approved the formation of the Legislative Council.
  • At present, only Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh have Legislative Council.
  • Previously, West Bengal had a bicameral legislature but it was abolished by the United Front government in 1969.
  • About the State Legislative Council:
    • The State Legislative Council is the Upper house of the state legislature.
    • It is established under Article 169of the Indian Constitution.
    • The size of the State Legislative Council cannot be more than one-third of the members of the State Legislative Assembly.
    • Parliament of India can create or abolish the State Legislative Council of a state if that state’s legislature passes a resolution for that with a special majority.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Declares Malerkotla as 23rd District

  • Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has declared Malerkotla as the 23rd district of the state on May 14, 2021, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • Malerkotla is a Muslim-dominated area and has been carved out of the Sangrur district of the state.

Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as Kerala Chief Minister for second time

  • Pinarayi Vijayan of Left Democratic Front (LDF)was sworn as Kerala Chief Minister for the second time in the shadow of the Covid-19 crisis in the state. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered the oath of office to 76-year-old Vijayan. It is the second stint of the Marxist veteran in the top office.

Puducherry becomes ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Union Territory.

  • Puducherry has achieved the target of 100% piped water connection in rural areas under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). 
  • Earlier, Goa, Telangana and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have provided tap water supply to every rural home under Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • So, Puducherry is the fourth State/UTto provide assured tap water supply to every rural home under Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission is being implemented in partnership with States/ UTs to provide safe tap water to every rural home by 2024. The State of Punjab and the UTs of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu have covered over 75% of rural homes with assured tap water supply.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM):
    • It is a flagship programme of the Union Government. It was announced in August
    • It aims to provide a tap water connection to every rural household of the country by

Cyclone Taukate hits many states

  • Cyclone Taukatehas obtained its maximum intensity in the wee hours of Sunday and has now become a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (wind speed of 118 to 166 km/hr).

Mohali international hockey stadium renamed after Balbir Singh Senior

  • The Punjab Governmentfinally announced to rename the Mohali International Hockey Stadium, after triple Olympian and Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr.
  • The stadium will now be known as Olympian Balbir Singh Senior International Hockey Stadium.
  • Balbir Singh Sr played an important role in making the Indian hockey team a three-time Olympics champion.

Kerala’s new Smart Kitchen Scheme

  • Chief Minister of Kerala,Pinarayi Vijayan has announced a secretary-level committee will formulate guidelines and recommendations on implementation of the “Smart Kitchen Scheme” in state to fulfil commitments of the Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Appoints ‘Guardian Ministers’

  • AssamChief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has appointed ‘Guardian Ministers’ to oversee the implementation of government policy decisions, administrative reforms, and other welfare schemes in all the 34 districts of the state.
  • 13 ‘Guardian Ministers’ have been appointed for all 34 districts in Assam, for balanced, speedy and sustainable developments of these districts.

Uttarakhand CM declared Vatsalya Yojana for children orphaned due to Corona

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has announced Chief Minister Vatsalya Yojana for orphaned children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19.
  • Under the scheme, the State Government will make arrangements for their maintenance, education and training for employment up to the age of 21 years.
  • The Chief Minister said that such orphaned children of the state will be given a maintenance allowance of 3000 rupees per month.

International Current Affairs of May 2021

UK Government approves Self-Driving Cars at slow speeds on public roads

  • The UK government became the first country to announce it will regulate the use of self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways, with the first such cars possibly appearing on public roads as soon as this year.

World’s powerful weather, climate-change forecasting supercomputer to be built in UK

  • Microsoft and UK’s Met Office have teamed up to build the world’s most powerful supercomputer to forecast weather and climate-change.

Nepal’s Kami Rita scales Everest for record 25th time

  • Nepalese climber, Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for the most ascents of the world’s highest peak.
  • Nepali name of Mt. Everest: Sagarmatha; Tibetan name: Chomolungma.

Mayflower 400: World’s First Unmanned Vessel to Navigate across Atlantic

  • World’s First Unmanned Vessel named “Mayflower 400”is set to Navigate across the Atlantic.
  • It has been built by the marine research organization ProMarein collaboration with
  • It will begin its transatlantic voyage on May 15, 2021,to track aquatic mammals, analyse plastic in the water, and study marine pollution.

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated after the air strikes

  • The Gaza-based Palestinian group, Hamas, had red rockets towards Israel in protest of the clash between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • Al-Aqsa Mosque is located inIt is the third holiest place for Muslims.
  • About the Hamas:
    • It was founded in 1987.
    • It is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization.
    • It is active in the West Bank and Gaza Strip region of Palestine.
    • It opposes the secular approach of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Israel Capital is Jerusalem and the currency is the Israeli shekel.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of Israel.

SpaceX to launch ‘DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon’

  • Elon Musk-owned SpaceX is set to launch the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon”, the first-ever commercial lunar payload, paid entirely in the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
  • The satellite is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2022onboard the Falcon 9 rocket.

The World’s Longest Pedestrian Bridge Opens in Portugal

  • The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge named“Arouca” was opened in Portugal, according to a press release by UNESCO’s Arouca World Geopark.

World’s largest aeroplane by Stratolaunch completes test flight

  • The world’s largest aeroplane, designed to transport hypersonic vehicles and facilitate easy access to space, soared into clear skies over California’s Mojave Desert.
  • The company Stratolaunchdesigned it to transport hypersonic vehicles and facilitate easy access to space.
  • Stratolaunch Headquarters: Mojave, California, USA.

Sir David Attenborough named COP26 People’s Advocate

  • Sir David Attenborough,world-renowned broadcaster & natural historian, has been named COP26 People’s Advocate for the U.K.’s Presidency of UN climate change summit in Glasgow.

KP Sharma Oli Re-appointed as Prime Minister of Nepal

  • In Nepal, KP Sharma Oli was re-appointed as the Prime Minister of the country by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

China becomes the world’s first country to ban synthetic cannabinoids

  • China will become the world’s first country to ban all synthetic cannabinoid substances.
  • Synthetic cannabinoids are highly camouflaged, as some are found in e-cigarette oil & some are found in cut tobacco made from leaves, flower petals, etc.
  • In Xinjiang, it has a commonly known nickname of “Natasha.”

China’s First Mars Rover ‘ZhuRong’ Successfully Lands on Mars

  • China successfully achieved the feat of landing its first Mars Rover ‘Zhu Rong’ on the red planet, on May 15, 2021, becoming the only second nation to do so.
  • Till date, only the United States has successfully landed its rover on Mars. All other countries that have tried have either crashed or lost contact soon after reaching the surface.

Penpa Tsering elected president of Tibetan exile government

  • The former speaker of Tibet’sparliament-in-exile, Penpa Tsering, has been elected the new president of the exile government.
  • Nearly 64,000 Tibetans living in exile in India, Nepal, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere voted in the election, which was held in two rounds in January and April. It was 3rd direct election of leadership after the withdrawal of Dalai Lama from politics.

China successfully launches new ocean observation satellite Haiyang-2D

  • China has successfully sent a new ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit as part of its effort to build an all-weather and round-the-clock dynamic ocean environment monitoring system that would provide early warning on marine disasters.
  • The satellite was launched by a Long March-4B rocket carrying the Haiyang-2D (HY-2D) satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China.

Hong Kong woman breaks record for fastest ascent of Everest

  • Tsang Yin-hung,a Hong Kong-based mountaineer, has created the record of the world’s fastest ascent of Everest by a woman, within the time of just under 26 hours.
  • The 44-year-old Tsang, scaled the 8,848.86-metre (29,031 feet)Everest mountain in a record time of 25 hours and 50 minutes on May 23.

David Barnea Appointed as Israel’s Next Mossad Chief

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed David Barnea as the new head of the country’s spy agency, the

US Senate confirms Christine Wormuth as first female Army secretary

  • Christine Wormuthwas confirmed unanimously by the Senate to be the first female secretary of the Army.

Bashar Al-Assad Re-Elected as Syrian President for 4th Term

  • Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for the fourth straight 7-year term in a landslide victory, winning 95.1 per cent of the total votes cast. The 55-year-old Assad is serving as the 19th President of Syria since 17 July 2000.
  • On the eve of the election,the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy said the poll was “neither free nor fair”, and Syria’s fragmented opposition has called it a “farce”.

IMF proposes $50 billion global vaccination plan

  • The International Monetary Fund has proposed a $50 billion global vaccination plan that would cover at least 40 per cent of the global population by the end of 2021 and at least 60 per cent by the first half of
  • The vaccination target requires additional upfront grants to Covax, donating surplus doses and free cross-border flows of raw materials and finished vaccines.

NASA to send its first mobile robot to search for water on the moon

  • The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of its Artemis program,is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface.
  • The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover or VIPERwill collect data that would help NASA map resources at the lunar South Pole that could one day be harvested for long-term human exploration at the Moon.

Sports Current Affairs of May 2021

Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix 2021

  • Lewis Hamilton claiming his 97th career victory with a win at the Portuguese Grand Prix over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes teammate Valteri Bottas.
  • The victory for Hamilton is his second of the season and puts him eight points ahead of Red Bull’s Verstappen in the title standings.

Swimming: Srihari Nataraj creates third national record, wins gold at Uzbekistan Open

  • Indian swimmer Srihari Natarajcreated a national record in 50m backstroke while winning his second gold of the Uzbekistan Open Championship in Tashkent.
  • The 20-year-old clocked 25.11 seconds to bag the top prize at the FINA-accredited Olympic qualifying event.
  • It was Srihari’s third national record in two days as the Bengaluru swimmer had rewritten the national marks twice in 100m backstroke, his pet event.

Tokyo Olympics: Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak gets Asian quota, to compete at Games

  • India gymnast Pranati Nayak, who had claimed a bronze in vault at the Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championships in 2019, is set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying through the continental quota.
  • The 26-year-old from West Bengal is the second reserve behind Sri Lanka’s Elpitiya Badalge Dona Milka Geh for the Asian quota and became eligible to compete from the zone following the cancellation of the 9th Senior Asian Championships, which was scheduled to be held from May 29-June 1 in Hangzhou, China, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling to retire after World Test Championship

  • New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has announced he would be retiring from international cricket after the three Tests, including the World Test Championship final against India, on their upcoming England tour.
  • Prime minister of New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern; Capital: Wellington; Currency: New Zealand dollar.

Babar Azam and Alyssa Healy Wins ICC Players of the Month for April 2021

  • Pakistani skipper Babar Azam has been named the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021 for his consistent and stellar performances across all formats in the recently concluded series against South Africa.
  • Along with Babar, Australian women’s team wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy also bagged the ICC Women’s Player of The Month accolade for her incredible performances during the month of April.
  • Chairman of ICC: Greg Barclay; CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney. Headquarters: Dubai, UAE.

Alexander Zverev beats Matteo Berrettini to win his 2nd Madrid title

  • German Alexander Zverevearned his second Mutua Madrid Open title 2021 when he defeated Matteo Berrettini of Italy.
  • He won his first Madrid title in 2018 in a final against Thiem.

Aryna Sabalenka wins her Maiden Madrid Open Women’s singles title

  • In tennis, the world number seven,Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, defeated world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia to win the 2021 Madrid Open women’s singles title.

Lewis Hamilton clinches his fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes-Great Britain) won the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, held on 09 May 2021.
  • This win is the fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix title of Lewis Hamilton and the third win of this season.
  • Max Verstappen(Red Bull Racing-Netherlands) came second followed by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) at third position.

Mark Selby becomes World Snooker Champion

  • In Snooker, English professional player Mark Selby has become the World Snooker Champion for the fourth time.
  • He won the Championship title after defeating fellow mate Shaun Murphy.

Arzan Nagwaswalla: First Parsi on Indian cricket team since 1975

  • Arzan Nagwaswalla,a 23-year-old left-arm seamer from Gujarat, has been picked as a reserve player in the Indian Test squad named for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.
  • Arzan Rohinton Nagwaswalla, hailing from a Parsi community in a village near the Maharashtra border, is the first Parsi cricketer to break into the national team since 1975and the only active Parsi cricketer.
  • Farokh Engineer played his final Test for India in 1975, while Diana Edulji’s last game in the women’s team came in July 1993.

Arjan Bhullar becomes first Indian-origin fighter to win MMA title

  • Arjan Bhullar became the first Indian-origin fighter to win a world title in a top-level MMA promotion when he beat Brandon Vera to become the heavyweight world champion at the Singapore-based One Championship.

India’s Tejaswini Shankar Wins Consecutive High Jump Titles In USA

  • Representing Kansas State University, India’s Tejaswini Shankarwon back-to-back men’s high jump titles in the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Manhattan, USA.

Rafael Nadal wins 10th Italian Open title

  • Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title.
  • The victory also earned Nadal a 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown,equalling Djokovic’s record since the series was established in 1990.
  • In the women’s category, Polish teenager Iga Swiatekcrushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open title.

Manchester City crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions

  • ManchesterCity has crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United crashed to a 2-1 defeat against

Ashok Kumar, the only Indian referee to officiate in wrestling in Tokyo Olympics

  • Ashok Kumar will be the only referee from the country to officiate in wrestling matches of the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was named in the list of officials released by the United World Wrestling (UWW).

Casper Ruud wins Men’s Singles title at Geneva Open tennis

  • Norway’sCasper Ruud has won the ATP Geneva Open final with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Monaco Grand Prix 2021

  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has won the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time to take the Formula One championship lead from Lewis Hamilton.

Atletico Madrid clinches La Liga title

  • Atletico Madridpipped city rivals Real Madrid to the La Liga title on 22nd May Luis Suarez fired them to a 2-1 comeback win at Real Valladolid.

FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup to be held in India in October 2022

  • The U-17 women’s World Cup will be held in India from October 11 to 30 next year, Fifa Council said on 21st
  • India was earlier scheduled to host the 2020 U-17 World Cup but it was postponed to 2021 before being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Council also approved dates for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 (11-30 October 2022), FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022(10-28 August 2022).

Business & Economy Current Affairs of May 2021

Wipro overtakes HCL Tech to become third most-valued Indian IT firm

  • IT major Wipro regained the position as India’s third most-valued information technology (IT) company, surpassing HCL Technologies in terms of market capitalisation (market-cap).
  • Wipro stood at number 12 in the overall m-cap ranking with an m-cap of Rs 2.65 trillion. HCL Technologies, meanwhile, slipped to number 13 with an m-cap of Rs 2.62 trillion.
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is at number one position in IT companies market-cap rank, stands strong with a market-cap of Rs 11.47 trillion, followed by Infosys (Rs 5.72 trillion), data shows.

Care Ratings Projects India’s GDP Forecast to 9.2% for FY22

  • The domestic rating agency, Care Ratings,has revised the GDP growth forecast of India for the current fiscal year 2021-2022 (FY22) to 2 per cent.
  • CARE Ratings Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

United Nations: India Projected To Grow At 10.1% In 2022

  • The United Nations has projected that the Indian economy would grow at 1 per cent in the calendar year 2022, nearly double the 5.9 per cent growth forecast for the country in the January report.
  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

RBI sets up an advisory group to assist RRA 2.0

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)has constituted an advisory group to assist the second Regulatory Review Authority (RRA 2.0), which was set by the central bank on May 01, 2021 to streamline regulations and reduce the compliance burden of regulated entities.
  • The Advisory Group will be headed by SBI Managing Director S Janakiraman.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Foreign direct investment jumps 19% to $59.64 bn in 2020-21

  • Foreign direct investments (FDI)into the country grew 19 per cent to USD 59.64 billion during 2020-21 on account of measures taken by the government on the fronts of policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business. Total FDI, including equity, re-invested earnings and capital, rose 10 per cent to the “highest ever” of USD 81.72 billion during 2020-21 as against USD 74.39 billion in 2019-20.
  • In terms of top investor countries, Singapore is at the top with a 29 per cent It was followed by the US (23 per cent) and Mauritius (9 per cent)during the last fiscal. FDI equity inflow grew by 19 per cent in 2020-21 (USD 59.64 billion), compared to 2019-20 (USD 49.98 billion).

Books and Authors

New book ‘Akhtari: The Life and Music of Begum Akhtar’ released 

  • Publishers HarperCollins and Vani Prakashan released a book on singing star Akhtaribai Faizabadi a.k.a Begum Akhtar.
  • Titled “Akhtari: The Life and Music of Begum Akhtar”, it will be released in two languages – Hindi and English.
  • The book outlines the life of the legendary singer through essays, interviews, and conversations she shared with her closest friends including Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, and Shubha Mudgal.

A book titled ‘Life in the Clock Tower Valley’ author by Shakoor Rather

  • “Life in the Clock Tower Valley”is the debut book of Press Trust of India (PTI) journalist Shakoor Rather.
  • The book is published by Speaking Tiger,it talks about Kashmir’s pristine past, its grievous present and always-uncertain future.

Kalki Koechlin Authors her Debut Book Titled ‘Elephant in the Womb.’

  • Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin is making her debut as an author, with her first book titled “Elephant in the Womb.”
  • The book narrates about pregnancy and parenting for mothers, expectant mothers, and “anyone even thinking about motherhood.”

Meghan Markle set to release Children’s Book ‘The Bench’

  • Meghan Markle will be releasing her new book, titled The Bench, on June 8, which was inspired by a poem she wrote to her husband, Prince Harry, on his first Father’s Day as a dad to son Archie.

A book titled “Sikkim: A History of Intrigue and Alliance” released

  • The book “Sikkim: A History of Intrigue and Alliance”,published by HarperCollins India, released on May 16, which is celebrated as Sikkim Day.
  • Sikkim remains significant from a strategic point of view, given its proximity to Tibet and the crucial Siliguri Corridor that connects India’s north-eastern states with the rest of the country.
  • Sikkim also remains an enigma for most, with many misconceptions about its history and its merger with India in

Neena Gupta announces autobiography “Sach Kahun Toh”

  • Bollywood actor Neena Gupta is all set to launch her autobiography “Sach Kahun Toh”, publisher Penguin Random House India.
  • The book addresses issues like casting couch, film industry politics, and also talks about what it takes for a young actor to survive without a godfather or guide.

A new book to raise funds for child rights amid pandemic

  • Aditya Gupta, a Delhi-based entrepreneur and mountaineer aim to raise Rs 1 crore for COVID-19 relief from the sale proceeds of his recently released book “7 Lessons from Everest – Expedition Learnings from Life and Business”.

‘India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present’ is authored by Shivshankar Menon

  • A book has titled ‘India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present’ is authored by Shivshankar Menon.
  • He was the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary.

Ranks and Reports

New Delhi ranks 32nd in Global Prime Residential Index by Knight Frank

  • London-based property consultant Knight Frank has ranked New Delhi and Mumbai in 32nd and 36th positions respectively in the Global Prime Residential Index.
  • Three Chinese cities – Shenzhen, Shanghai and Guangzhou lead the index this quarter.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Tops Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders 2021

  • New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardernhas topped the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list for 2021, released by Fortune Magazine.
  • From India, Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Serum Institute of India (SII) is the only Indian among the top 10 names. He is placed in the 10th spot.

Jharkhand ranks first in implementation of Smart City Mission schemes

  • Jharkhand has clinched the 1st Position among the 36 States & UTs of India based on the progress of implementation of Smart City projects.

Karnataka ranks first in executing Ayushman Bharat

  • Karnataka has been ranked first in establishing Health and Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat Program to provide comprehensive primary health care in rural areas.

India climbs to 3rd spot on EY index

  • India has moved a notch higher at the third spot on EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index due to exceptional performance on the solar photovoltaic (PV) front.
  • India has moved one position above (3rd) from the previous index (4th).

Important Days and Themes of May 2021

International Labour Day

  • International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in most countries, is celebrated on May 1every year.
  • The day is a celebration of labourers around the world. The day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement.

World Laughter Day: 02 May, 2021

  • World Laughter Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of May to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits.
  • This year the day falls on May 02, 2021.

World Press Freedom Day: 03 May

  • Every year May 3rd is observed as World Press Freedom Day to inform the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights.
  • The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is “Information as a Public Good”. 

International fire-fighter’s Day: 04 May

  • International fire-fighter’s Day is observed each year on 4th May. 
  • The day is celebrated to honour the work of firefighting professionals, who dedicate their lives to the protection of people and property.

World Hand Hygiene Day: 05 May

  • May 5is observed as World Hand Hygiene Day and this is like the last, this day holds a lot of significance in our lives as we are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This year, the theme for World Hand Hygiene Day is “Achieving hand hygiene at the point of care” .The slogan for this day is, “Seconds save lives – clean your hands!”

World Athletics Day 2021: 05 May

  • The World Athletics Day-2021is observed on 5 May.
  • The objective of World Athletics day is to increase public awareness about sports and to educate youngsters about the importance of sports.
  • World Athletics Headquarters: Monaco (the smallest sovereign state in the world; on the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by France)

World Thalassemia Day: 08 May

  • World Thalassemia Day is celebrated on May 8 every year to commemorate Thalassemia victims and to encourage those who struggle to live with the disease.
  • The theme for 2021 World Thalassemia Day is “Addressing Health Inequalities Across the Global Thalassemia Community”.
  • Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that is characterised by less haemoglobin and lesser than normal blood cells. A person suffering from thalassemia has at least one of the parents as a carrier of the disease.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: 8 May

  • The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Dayis observed every year on 8 May.
  • The day also marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant (8 May 1828),who was the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Headquarters of ICRC: Geneva, Switzerland.

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the 2nd World War

  • Every year during May 8-9,the United Nations marks the Time of Remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War.

India celebrates National Technology Day on 11th May

  • National Technology Day is celebrated on 11 May across India.
  • Every year, National Technology Day is celebrated across India on 11 May to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. This operation administered by late president and aerospace engineer Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • After the test, India becomes a nuclear state thus  making it the sixth country in the world that has joined the nations “nuclear club.”
  • National Science Day is celebrated all over India on 28th February.

International Nurses Day observed globally on 12 May

  • International Nurse Day is observed globally on 12 May every year.
  • This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.She was also known as Lady with the Lamp. She was the founder of modern nursing and was a British social reformer and statistician.
  • The theme of 2021 International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare’.
  • International Council of Nurse’s headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.

National Anti-Terrorism Day: 21 May

  • In India, the National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on May 21 to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Rajiv Gandhi was India’s youngest Prime Minister. He was appointed as the sixth prime Minister of the country and served the nation from 1984 to 1989.
  • Mr Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991,by a human bomb. He was killed in Tamil Nadu in a campaign by a terrorist. Then, under the V.P. Singh government, the centre has decided to observe 21st May as Anti-Terrorism Day.

World Metrology Day observed globally on 20th May

  • World Metrology Day is observed globally on 20th May every year.
  • Many nations on this day, internationally collaborate to create awareness about metrology and its advancement in the respective field.
  • The theme for World Metrology Day 2021 is Measurement for Health.

World Bee Day observed globally on 20th May

  • World Bee Day is observed globally on 20th May every year. On this date, 20 May, the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Janša was born in 1734 in

World AIDS Vaccine Day: 18 May

  • World AIDS Vaccine Day,(also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day), is observed annually on May 18 to promote the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.
  • The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was thus observed on May 18, 1998, to commemorate the anniversary of Clinton’s speech.

International Museum Day: 18 May

  • The International Museum Day is celebrated on 18 May, since 1977, to raise awareness about the fact that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.
  • The theme of International Museum Day 2021: “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”.It is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

National Dengue Day: 16 May

  • In India, the National Dengue Day is observed every year on 16 May. The day is an initiative by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Dengue is spread through the bite of the female mosquito (Aedes aegypti).

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May

  • The United Nations celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May every year to raise awareness about the issue of a significant reduction in biological diversity due to certain human activities.
  • This year 2021 the theme is “We’re part of the solution”.

World Thyroid Day celebrated on 25 May

  • World Thyroid Day is observed globally on 25 May every year.
  • The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the throat that produces T3 (Thyroxine)and T4 (Triiodothyronine) and maintained by the Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). It regulates the metabolism of the body and abnormalities in this may cause dysfunctioning body systems.
  • The decrease in thyroid hormone causes hypothyroidism(sudden weight gain) and the increase in thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism.

Indian Commonwealth Day: 24th May

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in the month of March every year.
  • This year the theme for Commonwealth Day is: Delivering a Common Future.

World Hunger Day observed on 28 May

  • World Hunger Day is observed globally on 28 May every year.

Vesak Day 2021 observed globally on 26 May

  • Vesak Day 2021is observed globally on 26 May. Vesak, the Day of Full Moon is the most sacred day to Buddhists all over the world. On this day, Lord Gautham Buddha attained enlightenment.

Amnesty International Day: 28 May

  • Amnesty International Day is observed every year on May 28, because it was on this day in 1961 that this non-governmental organization was founded in London.
  • The organisation has won the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for its “defence of human dignity against torture,” and the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1978.

International Everest Day: 29th May

  • International Everest Day is being observed on 29th May.
  • Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary had climbed Mt. Everest on this day in 1953, as the first humans to achieve the feat. Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day in 2008 when the legendary climber Hillary passed away.
  • Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953. The day is celebrated with memorial events, processions, and special events in Kathmandu and the Everest region.

World No-tobacco Day: 31st May

  • It is celebrated annually on 31st May and is also known as Anti-Tobacco Day.
  • COVID-19 pandemic led millions of tobacco users to quit. Therefore, to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2021, WHO launched a campaign globally under the slogan “Commit to Quit”.

Obituaries

Ex-Union Minister, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan passes away

  • Former civil servant and ex-Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan Malhotra, 94, died in Delhi after a brief spell of illness.
  • Jagmohan served J&K as Governor twice, first in 1984 and later in 1990, when militancy peaked. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1971, Padma Bhushan in 1977 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

Assam’s first female IAS officer Parul Debi Das passes away 

  • Parul Debi Das, first female IAS officer from Assam, passed away in Guwahati.
  • Parul Debi Das had also served in Meghalaya for a short time in the late 80s.
  • She had retired from service as the Additional Chief Secretary of Assam.

Aeronautical scientist Manas Bihari Verma passes away

  • Aeronautical scientist Manas Bihari Vermadied of heart attack at his native place in Darbhanga district of Bihar. He was 78.
  • Mr Verma played a vital role in the development of the Light Combat Aircraft – Tejas. He was close associate of former President APJ Abdul Kalam. In 2018, he was conferred Padma Sri.

Sitar maestro Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri passes away 

  • Sitar Maestro Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri, who was widely known as Debu Chaudhuri passed away in Delhi due to COVID-19 complications. He was 85.
  • The Legend of Sitar belonged to the Senia or Gharana style of music. He had been awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.

Kerala’s Oldest Serving MLA KR Gouri Amma Passes Away at 102

  • The senior-most communist leader of Kerala, KR Gouri Amma, who was the first Revenue Minister in the first communist ministry of the state in 1957,has passed away due to age-related ailments.
  • She was 102.She was the second longest-serving MLA in Kerala Legislative Assembly and also the last surviving member of the first Kerala government.

Former Union Minister and RLD Founder Ajit Singh Passes Away

  • Former Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) founder and leader Ajit Singh has passed away battling COVID-19.
  • He was the son of former Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh.

Times Group Chairperson Indu Jain Passes Away

  • Pioneering philanthropist and Times Group Chairperson, Indu Jain has passed away due to Covid-related complications.
  • The prominent Indian media personality, Indu Jain was the chairperson of India’s largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which is popularly known as the Times Group, which owns the Times of India and other large newspapers.

Freedom fighter Anup Bhattacharya passes away

  • Freedom fighter and Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra musician, Anup Bhattacharya passed away.
  • During the liberation war of Bangladesh, he worked as the composer and music director at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.He is also a founder member of the Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha.

Former NSG Chief JK Dutt, Who Led 26/11 Counter-Terror Ops, Passes Away

  • K. Dutt,former Director-General of the National Security Guards (NSG) who headed the force during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, passed away due to COVID-19 related complications. JK Dutt saw counter-terror and rescue efforts during operation Black Tornado in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
  • Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Jagannath Pahadia passes away
  • Former President of Indian Medical Association KK Aggarwal Passes Away
  • BCCI referee Rajendrasinh Jadeja passes away
  • Famous Mathematician MS Narasimhan Passes Away

China’s ‘father of hybrid rice’ Yuan Longping passes away

  • Chinese scientist Yuan Longping,renowned for developing a hybrid rice strain that vastly improved the grain output in the country, passed away at the age of 91.
  • Yuan succeeded in cultivating a high-yield hybrid rice strain in 1973,which was later grown on a large scale in China and other countries to substantially raise output.

Indian boxing’s first Dronacharya awardee coach O P Bhardwaj passes away

  • Bhardwaj was India’s national boxing coach from 1968 to 1989& also served as a national selector. He was the first chief instructor for the sport at the National Institute of Sports India in Patiala.

Static GK based on Current Affairs of May 2021

  • The Headquarters of the Asian Development Bank is located in Mandaluyong, Philippines; Founded: 19 December 1966.
  • UNICEF Headquarters: New York, United States of America.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • France – Capital: Paris; Currency – Euro; President – Emmanuel Macron; Prime Minister – Jean Castex; National Sport – Football.
  • Chief Minister of Sikkim: PS Golay; Governor of Sikkim: Ganga Prasad.
  • Head Quarters of Employees Provident Fund Organisation– New Delhi
  • Currency of UAE- Dirham; Capital- Abu Dhabi
  • Head Quarters of Asian Boxing CouncilBangkok
  • Currency of Singapore– Dollar
  • Head Quarters of PAYTM– Noida
  • Head Quarters of UNESCO– Paris
  • Head Quarters of Samsung– Seoul (South Korea)
  • HQ of International Finance Corporation– Washington
  • HQ of Wipro– Bengaluru
  • HQ of Apple– California
  • Currency of BhutanNgultrum
  • HQ of New India Assurance Company Limited- Mumbai
  • Capital of Norway- Oslo
  • HQ of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)- Brussels
  • BSNL founded- 2000; HQ- New Delhi
  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) Headquarter is located in New Delhi.
  • Zayed Book Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of the Arab world.
  • Indian Institute of Rice Research Headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana
  • National Human Rights Commission Formed: 12 October 1993; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1993
  • Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy; Headquarters: New Delhi; Established: 1958.
  • Indonesia Capital: Jakarta; Currency: Indonesian Rupiah.
  • Indian Chief of Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy): New Delhi.
  • Nepali name of Mt. Everest: Sagarmatha; Tibetan name: Chomolungma.
  • Israel Capital is Jerusalem and the currency is the Israeli shekel.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Stratolaunch Headquarters: Mojave, California, USA.
  • Assam Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • Jal Jeevan Mission programme was announced in August 2019.
  • Prime minister of New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern; Capital: Wellington; Currency: New Zealand dollar.
  • Chairman of ICC: Greg Barclay; CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney. Headquarters: Dubai, UAE.
  • Knight Frank Headquarters- London
  • CARE Ratings Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • United Nations Headquarters is located in New York, USA.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • Headquarters of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) : Geneva, Switzerland
  • NBA Founded: 6 June 1946; Headquarters: New York, United States.
  • Chief Minister of Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio; Governor of Nagaland: N. Ravi
  • World Food Programme Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • NABARD Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Kenya Capital: Nairobi; Kenya Currency: Kenyan shilling.
  • Tibet Capital: Lhasa; Tibet Currency: Renminbi.
  • Chief Minister of Puducherry: N Rangasamy.
  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand: Hemant Soren; Governor: Shrimati Droupadi Murmu.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister: S. Yediyurappa
  • International Organization of Legal Metrology Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • India Meteorological Department Headquarters: Mausam Bhavan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi; Founded: 1875.
  • Haryana Chief Minister – Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Sri Lanka Capital – Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (Administrative capital), Colombo (Commercial capital); Currency – Sri Lankan rupee.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh
  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino; Founded: 21 May 1904
  • com Inc Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States; Founded: 5 July 1994
  • Syria Capital: Damascus; Currency: Syrian pound
  • Badminton World Federation Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • SBI Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara; SBI Headquarters: Mumbai; SBI Founded: 1 July 1955.
  • World Meteorological Organisation Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • International Narcotics Control Board Headquarters: Vienna, Austria.
  • Indian Air Chief Marshal: Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria; Indian Airforce founded: 8 October 1932.
  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino; Founded: 21 May 1904; Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Nepali name of Mt. Everest: Sagarmatha; Tibetan name:
  • Prime minister of Nepal: KP Sharma Oli; President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari; Capital of Nepal: Kathmandu; Currency: Nepalese rupee.
  • Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency of the Maldives: Maldivian Rufiyaa.
  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik.
  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand: Tirath Singh Rawat; Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya
  • Ecuador Capital: Quito; Ecuador Currency: United States Dollar
  • IMF Headquarters: Washington, D.C. U.S.; IMF Managing Director and Chairman: Kristalina Georgieva
  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem; Israel Currency: Israeli Shekel.
  • Minister of Tribal Affairs: Arjun Munda.
  • NITI Aayog Formed: 1 January 2015; NITI Aayog Headquarters: New Delhi; NITI Aayog Chairperson: Narendra Modi.
  • Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy; Headquarters: New Delhi; Established: 1958.
  • Central Bureau of Investigation Headquarters: New Delhi; Founded: 1 April 1963.

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